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CLIP-ings: October 25, 2012

Internet Governance
Social Network Exemption: A pending executive order encourages information sharing between businesses and the government, but excludes “non-critical infrastructure” such as social networks.
Facial Recognition Guidelines: The FTC released new best practices for facial recognition technology to protect consumer privacy, including a recommendation to obtain user consent before collecting or using biometric data.

Information Security & Cyberthreats

Bookstore Keypads Hacked: After keeping quiet during an FBI investigation, Barnes & Noble acknowledged that hackers compromised point-of-sale terminals at 63 stores.
Iran Allegedly Behind Aramco Attack: U.S. intelligence blames Iran for a cyberattack on the Saudi oil company that replaced the company’s data with an image of a burning American flag.

Intellectual Property

Monetized News Searches: In response to a proposed law that would force search engines to pay for displaying French media, Google has threatened to simply remove such links from its search results.
Access Denied: The story of a Norwegian woman whose Amazon Kindle account was suspended without explanation raises questions over ownership of digital purchases.

Free Expression & Censorship

Anti-Censorship Tools in High Demand: U.S.-funded technology used to circumvent government surveillance in other countries is at capacity and experiencing technical difficulties.

Practice Notes

Terrible Passwords: Advise your clients on how to create a more secure password by avoiding the pitfalls on this list.

On the Lighter Side

Rated Pee-G: A new app lets you know when to go at the movies.

Editorial Fellows: Megan Bright, Gabrielle Cojuangco& Austen Ishii